Dispute over Swiss nuclear plant safety rules

Operator appeals against measures required by authorities at Gösgen power station

For the first time in Switzerland, a nuclear plant operator has appealed against safety measures imposed by the national nuclear safety agency. The conglomerate of six mostly private regional energy producers that runs the Gösgen nuclear plant made its appeal earlier this year. The development has just been revealed by the Swiss press.

At stake is a series of steps suggested to form part of Gösgen's first global safety assessment since it began operating in 1984. The safety assessment steps were finalised in April. The power station operator rejected several of the measures as being more stringent than those usually applied to other Western nuclear plants. No further details are available because the case is now subject to legal proceedings.

A spokesperson for Switzerland's nuclear safety agency told ENDS Daily that the measures it had requested were based on assessments made on similar plants in Germany.

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Swiss nuclear safety inspectorate , tel: +41 56 310 3811.

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